Easter Lecture 1965: Christ as an Archetypal Symbol of Man’s Spiritual Maturity

(transcript from 1:20 to the end)

And I think we should say with certainty and with clarity of thinking, that a Christian is the individual who has permitted his inner conviction of the will of Christ to become the leader of his life; to move his will, to move his mind, to move his consciousness; to warm and brighten and lighten his emotions. 

So that the Christian is the individual who truly lives from Christ within. And in living from this Christ within reveals this power which to him is the most sacred thing in his world, and in this revelation of Christ through conduct, though the deeds of good, through the communion of hearts, through the daily service of our fellow men; it is this revelation of the Christ in us rising through the selfishness and personality of our previous ignorance, this is the Easter resurrection. 

For Christ in man is resurrected when the Christfulness of man flows into the world. It is the release into manifestation, it is the heart and mind becoming the servants of principles, of truth, of beauty.

Now there are many who will say this is all maudlin sentimentalism, that the individual cannot live this kind of life. Well we may point out that the individual may have never survived by living any other kind of life. That up to the present time we have had the story of human history, made up of a few who lived well and died with a good hope. And not only were they emulated in most cases they were respected. And these few who kept the faith have become the great ideal heroes of mankind. To them we give the greatest honor because in our instinct, they are the most honorable. 

We have not been like them but we have venerated them. Fully aware that in all situations they have been the superior human beings. The rest has been made up of those who didn’t care about such things; to whom all these great ideals were pleasant or unpleasant abstractions but of no immediate concern. These others have worked their selfishness from the cradle to the grave. They fulfill their ambitions and drench the earth in blood. They have profited from each other until they have brought down the structures of their enterprises in a hopeless bankruptcy. They have preyed upon each other in crime and violence. But out of all of this selfishness, no good has directly come. Men have only come to realize a little, perhaps, how terrible it is, how false it is, how useless it is.

So we cannot point out that the rejection of ideals has ever resulted in a better world. But we can prove at least on various occasions and in certain times, where groups have definitely attempted to live these ideals, have lived better. And that these ideals have given us the greatest heritage of our art, of our music, our culture. That in the beginning these ideals gave us our sciences and our philosophies. And that all the good things that we have were born of ideals, and all the evils that plague us were born from the lack of ideals or the corruption of them.

So as we approach this particular occasion, as we stand in the midst of a symbol of universal restoration, we realize that nature gives life, that nature wants life, that nature wants things to grow and fulfill their destinies and when they grow properly, they grow beautifully. And out of this fulfillment comes the glory of the world as we see it, the glory of the great universe, adorned as a bride, a wonderful, magnificent restoration of life from darkness. This is nature’s way and it would like also to see the restoration of human life through the rise of the sun of righteousness at the equinox of the soul. 

So out of this whole theory, out of this whole concept, we know that by ages of remembering through the great traditional descent through the experience of man, we have these radiant images of true nobility, of absolute integrity, of unselfish and eternal love for man. These images of those we have love loved are themselves most lovable. And from these images we gain a certain prick of conscience, a certain insistence in ourselves that we should be more like them. 

That actually it is better to be lovable than it is to be great; that it is better to hold the simple admiration of children than it is to be a ruler of empire. There are values, not only for here but forever, and these values of beauty belong to foreverness. And little by little, we must come to the creation within ourselves of the image of a true maturity for our kind, and the only way we can do this is to choose the most advanced examples of our kind to build upon. If we live every day according to the best that has been lived, if we live each day serving as nobly as the wisest and the most loving servants of men have served, we shall be moving victoriously and beautifully in the right direction. And we shall know as a personal experience of consciousness, the resurrection of beauty and of truth and love within ourselves. And whenever this occurs, on any day of the year, in any year of our lives, day or night, for each of us, that moment is Easter morn. 

[applause]